Article on the public humanities


There’s a great article today in /Inside Higher Ed/ on a symposium
called “Platforms for Public Scholars” by the always intelligent and
remarkable Scott McLemee. Sample quotation: “The public library is an
institution that nobody would be able to start now. A place where you
can read brand-new books and magazines for free? The intellectual
property lawyers would be suing before you finished the thought. So
while musing on collaborative and civic-minded research, it is worth
remembering the actually existing public infrastructure that is still
around. Strengthening that infrastructure needs to be a priority for
public scholarship.”

Special note to Creating Digital History students: digital archives are
mentioned as examples of public scholarship, and the organizer of the
symposium said talking about “We definitely want to produce a online
bibliography but maybe trying to use the Zotero exhibition approach there.”

Highly recommended.


Amanda L. French, Ph.D.
Assistant Research Scholar, Digital Curriculum Specialist
Archives and Public History
New York University
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New York, NY 10012

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Amanda French

About Amanda French

I have a Ph.D. in English literature; my 2004 dissertation was a history of the villanelle. During graduate school I gained a good bit of experience with building websites, with technology training, and with marking up texts in XML at the Rossetti Archive and the Electronic Text Center; since then I’ve continued to do work (often in university libraries) related to the two cultures of technology and the humanities.
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